Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, when many of us will be remembering – more than usual – people we have known who have taken their own lives, and those affected by a suicide.
It is also a key opportunity for organisations who help people in crisis to promote their work, and we are aware Stockport Samaritans are holding an event to allow people to come and talk to them about their services. You can take a look at the details here.
In the past we have done vigils and events to recognise this awareness day, and whilst this year we are unable to meet up to remember together and support each other, we are suggesting people might like to put a little lantern or LED tea light in their windows on Friday evening, to show solidarity with those who have lost loved ones.
We are going to put the lights in the windows of our Stockport Mind office on Union Street on Friday night, and over the weekend.
With us being an organisation where staff regularly listen to people who express thoughts about the value of their lives, it is important to show – in our small way – that everyone has worth and their lives matter.
Stockport Town Hall will be lit up in green on Friday too, to mark this day.
To contact Samaritans, please call 116 123